The Maritime Institute in Gdańsk in cooperation with the national contact point (NCP) networks BioHorizon and ETNA2020 have the pleasure to invite all stakeholders in the area of maritime research to participate in a joint conference and brokerage event!

Three projects, namely the Smart Blue Regions Interreg project (Smart specialisation and blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region) and the two European NCP network projects BioHorizon (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and ETNA2020 (Smart, green and integrated transport), have joined forces to strengthen Europe’s capacity for efficient blue growth.

Smart specialisation is a key concept in the effort to boost innovation across the EU. Understanding the role of smart specialisation in enhancing the European blue growth sector is prerequisite to successfully availing of the sea of opportunities open to stakeholders. In addition to regional specialisation and funding, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, offers several funding opportunities for marine and maritime R&I projects on a European scale. Creating synergies between all available funding sources is the ultimate goal of the ‘Be Smart, Think Blue’ event.

The first day of the event, 19th September 2016, will provide attendees with comprehensive insights into smart blue specialisations, including examples of success stories and reflections on the major current challenges. On the second day, participants will have the possibility to initiate international research cooperation initiatives during a brokerage event dedicated specifically to stakeholders in the area of blue growth. The brokerage event will focus on relevant open calls in Horizon 2020 and other applicable funding schemes. Participants attending the brokerage event will be able to schedule a series of bilateral meetings with other attendees of the event ahead of time on the basis of organisation and research profiles created during registration. There will also be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to hold flash presentations introducing their project idea and partnering needs.

Free of charge to participants, the aim of this two day event is to create an inspiring space and engender a spirit of effective cooperation amongst blue growth actors from across Europe.

For more information and to register for one or both days visit the event website at

Additional event:

1st MARE FORUM POLAND 2016: 21st September 2016, Gdańsk